Bangkok is saturated by bright blues, greens, oranges, yellows, and of course, pinks. Why so bright, Bangkok? It’s not just for fun; in fact, the colors here have meaning.
Each day of the week is associated with a certain color:
Your lucky color depends on what day of the week you’re born on. Because the king of Thailand, King Bhumibol, was reputedly born on a Monday, yellow reigned as the celebrated royal color for many years. Recently, however, there has been confusion over the day of his birth – it has been argued he was in fact born on a Tuesday since he was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the time difference would mean it was a Tuesday back in Thailand.
Either way, yellow took a back seat to pink after the political unrest involving the aptly-named Yellow Shirts versus the Red Shirts starting in 2006. The meaning of both the colors red and yellow became further convoluted by the riots and, after emerging from the hospital sporting a pink shirt and blazer, the king set a new pink precedent that brings us to where we are today.
Pink is neutral. Pink is safe. Pink is, as far as I can tell, Bangkok’s Favorite Color.
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